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02 Dec, 2011

The first annual Fishbowl Patron gift guide!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Oh! Things!|Ottawa

I’ve asked all of my lovely blog patrons to give me some ideas for Christmas gifts. Read on for some fantastic gift ideas, and please support local businesses this holiday season! Thank you!

AliCat Art StudioOriginal art for Christmas? Yes please! All three pieces below are acrylic on canvas.

The National Arts Centre

  • NAC Orchestra Mini-Pack: 3 concerts for $75 – What’s not to like? Incredible music by greats like Beethoven & Mozart as well as fun Pops shows — your choice of 3 concerts for only $75!
  • 2 Tickets to 2 Pianos 4 HandsThe wildly popular play returns to the NAC—the tale of two talented pianists & their highly entertaining trials and tribulations. The perfect January pick-me-up! (Prices vary.)
  • NAC Gift Card – Want to leave the gift open-ended? The NAC gift card can be used for tickets, at Le Café or in the parking garage—the ultimate flex-gift! Buy it in person at the NAC Box Office. (Online purchasing coming soon!)

Tag Along Toys

  • Green Toys School Bus ($34.99) – Made in USA of recycled milk jugs, no phthalates, BPA, PVC, no metal axles and dishwasher safe. Lots of room inside for a bus full of little treasures.
  • Madeline Tea Set ($39.99) – This deluxe set includes a tray, a tea pot with a lid, four cups, four saucers and four plates — each with a different illustration from the book. Four spoons, four patterned blue napkins and a tablecloth, make the perfect party for four.
  • Spot it ($14.99) –  A sharp eye and a little bit of speed is all it takes to become a Spot it! master.

Saunders Farm

  • Give your family fresh air, farm fresh fun and amazing family memories with a Season’s Pass to Saunders Farm. It includes unlimited visits all Summer and Fall to Ottawa’s favourite family destination.

4Cats Arts Studio (Note! These art kits aren’t available online! Drop by the studio to check them out.)

  • Crumbs the Gingerbread man/Christmas tree Sculpey ornament kit. ($24.99)
  • Pip the Penguin Christmas tree ornament Sculpey kit ($24.99)
  • The Best, most fun art kit ever! Includes 4Cats Acrylic paints, a mini-apron, an easel, paintbursh and canvas ($65 each)

The Guy With the DogSean McCann knows Westboro. These are his top gift ideas!

Red Chair Kids

  • Chewbeads Jane Necklace –  Something for a new mom that makes a great stocking stuffer! 100% silicone teething jewelry. Inspired by babies, worn by moms.
  • Moma Topsy Turvy Blocks – Balance these brightly colored and playfully tilted blocks to make towers of fun! Sturdy and lightweight, these 10 vibrant blocks can be arranged in endless combinations for hours of building fun.
  • Lilliputiens Baby Chloe Doll – When she wakes, it is time to change her diaper! The diaper and pyjama is easy to remove and to put back on, so that little hands will delight in taking care of baby!

The Museum of Civilization

  • Give the gift of culture with a Canadian Museum of Civilization and Canadian War Museum Membership. One first-class, year–long ticket to stay connected! Two world–class Museums designed to be part of your lifestyle. Lots of opportunity to share memorable, meaningful experiences.
  • Give the ultimate IMAX Experience of an IMAX Club Membership to your family and friends. They’ll be entertained throughout the year with the best LARGE FORMAT film in town!
  • Civilization and War Museum Gift CardGift cards can be exchanged at the Boutique and for admission at the Museum of Civilization, the War Museum and the IMAX Theatre. Available in eight different amounts: $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $50, $75, $100 and $150.


Moneca Kaiser Design Build

Lilac Lingerie

Ottawa School of Speech & Drama

  • A family pass (4 tickets) to see JellyBelly makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie. Adapted by the poems of Dennis Lee and presented by the Second students of the Ottawa Theatre School (OTS) February 20th & February 25th
  • January Mini Camp – Do you have to head back to work in early January while the kids are still off school? This specially priced mini-camp in the first week of January could be the answer to a happy family!
  • A donation to your favorite charity is always a good idea. OSSD is a non-profit charity, and is supported by many agencies and grants including Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation, Community Foundation of Ontario, the United Way, and the City of Ottawa. OSSD also accepts individual donations to support a bursary program, which gives over $20,000 worth of bursaries and scholarships per year. Their outreach programs bring drama into community to target at-risk youth and seniors. Donate here to give the gift of drama to someone who can’t afford it.

3 Responses to "The first annual Fishbowl Patron gift guide!"

1 | Brenda A.

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:01 pm


Great list! Thanks!

2 | Ginger

December 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 pm


Soooo…even though I live far away in Texas…you list has totally helped me out! That Green Toys School Bus is something that I really do need. Emory is OBSESSED with school buses and this one is great…and green…and made in the USA (sorry…but I am sure you have heard about the big push to buy USA in the USA).

Anyway…thanks for the list…you have totally made Christmas for one little 3 year old…and he doesn’t even know it yet! :)

Happy Christmas!

3 | andrea

December 4th, 2011 at 11:20 am


You’re welcome Brenda!

Ginger, thank you for your comment. I am thrilled that you got something out of this post even though you’re so far away! Fab. :)

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